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CONVERGE | Technology

How to Stay Connected When You’re Far Away, This Mother’s Day

May 09, 2019

Not all of us can be with our moms on Mother's Day. Here are six ways to connect—even when she's far away.

Not all of us will be lucky enough to spend Mother's Day with our mothers. But one of the great joys of today's technology is how easy it is to stay connected across distances and time zones. Here are six ways to cherish the woman who raised you, even when she's far away.

Catch up on Video

Chatting on video can bring you so close it's almost like being in the same room. Skype, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook's Messenger service are four easy-to-use apps with video chat capabilities. Group calling means you can keep siblings or other relatives in the loop as well.

Watch a Movie or TV Show Together

Even if you're in different time zones, you can still watch a favorite movie or TV show together. Switch to on-demand at the same time, and connect via text, WhatsApp, or voice as you watch. Stuck for cinema inspiration? Tug the heartstrings with Steel Magnolias, giggle at Bad Moms or gasp at Aliens.

Buy Her a Gift Online

From flowers to cakes, and balloons to plants, technology makes shopping online fast and easy. But why not look beyond the physical and give the gift of experience this Mother's Day? Order Mom a DNA testing kit from companies such as 23andMe; set her up with a spa day at her local beauty parlor on Groupon, or book a weekend getaway for later in the year.

Create a Personalized Card

Between work, friends, family and home, it can be hard to find the time to craft. Services such as Shutterfly let you create beautifully designed, personalized cards using your favorite photos and color schemes, then print them professionally.

Make a Video

Video cards have moved on from the cheesy animated graphics of yesteryear. Set pictures of you and Mom (and the grandkids, if you have kids) to music in a simple montage, create a personal video message or make a compilation using beautiful free videos like the ones on PixabayBlender and iMovie are great free video editors—or you can use Snapchat.

Tell Her You Love Her over Email

There's never been a better time to tell your mother that you love her. A thoughtful, heartfelt email is something she can treasure for her lifetime—and costs absolutely nothing at all.

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